During the production of GET LAMP, I began to see if there was a potential link between text adventures/interactive fiction and MUDs. To do this, I reached out to a couple legends in the MUD historical timeline, including the creator of TinyMUD, the creator of Legends of Future Past, and Richard Bartle, who created MUD. (Also known as MUD1). When I was in London on a speaking engagement in 2006, he kindly agreed to travel to my hotel and get interviewed there. While I ended up not drawing a huge link with Interactive Fiction and MUDs, the power of text-based communication and the lessons the MUD/TinyMUD creators learned did make their way into the movie. Mr. Bartle provided a wonderful set of statements and one rant that made it into the film handily.
May 31, 2018 Subject:
As an avid MUD player and author I think this is probably the best interview that talks a little bit about MUD's, and I like the search for a link between IF, and MIUD's while Jason might not see a distinct connection I do myself see a slight connection between the two. Adventure is what inspired me to write a MUD since I did not get into programming until the BBS days were around and at the time I had played a few MUD's locally and saw them as just a multi user version of text adventure games. Richard sure was amazing with the work he did. This footage is awesome and I am looking forward to using it myself to create a MUD documentary. The quality of the footage is spot on, and the content is fascinating.